{Great Pieces} How can I do, I do, without you? The best way to ask is with WordsETC

By far one of the most beautiful ways we have EVER seen of asking a beautiful friend to be your bridesmaid.

It is an honour, a privilege so you may as well give them a lifelong keepsake.

Enter the fabulous team at WordsETC. A local business with talent to boot!i do without you

These are made using recycled card and have matching envelopes. O, I DIE!

You can find more information about these wonderful products on Facebook – ‘WordsETC’ or on their website at http://www.wordsetc.com.au/

Enjoy Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Jen Stocks Photography

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Some people are just ridiculously talented. Like if you are lucky enough to be in their presence when they are creating their ‘art’ you are simply blown away. I feel that way about the wonderfully skillful Jennifer Stocks.jen stocks logoFirstly, for the purposes of being upfront I should disclose that she is a part of my family. I have known her my whole life and am proud to call her friend.

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Jen is one of Australia’s most sought after and celebrated photographers and is a fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). As evidence of her wonderful skills and talent she has won numerous awards for her work both at a state level and nationally.

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The best way to describe her photography style is fresh, contemporary, pure and simple. She captures moments in time so you can keep them for always.

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She is a professional newborn, baby, child & family photographer servicing the Central West. I can honestly say she regularly amazes me with her sublime work and the sensational care she gives her clients.

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Jen is taking some well-deserved time away from her business for 12 months to spend some more quality time with her little birdies (she has four!!) but I assure you will be back, bigger and better then ever in the not too distant future.

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line4To celebrate all that is wonderful about the Christmas season and to thank her wonderful clients for their support, Jen is offering a very special prize to one lucky Nester. If you have had your life captured through Jen’s lens in the last three (3) years she is offering the chance to win one of your images printed onto a 20inch x 30inch canvas. This is huge and would be an amazing way to display your family’s image for a lifetime.

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Jennifer Stocks Photography’s Facebook Page as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and let us know! Winner will be drawn 5pm Monday 30 December 2013.

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{Prizeapolooza} Lambert & Lord might just have you floored

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Pretty. Perfect. Gorgeous. Amazing. Trustworthy. Designer. Bliss. Sublime. Delicious. There are just not enough words to describe how wonderful the world of Lambert & Lord is (and I know A LOT of words!!)

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Lambert & Lord is an online store owned and operated by the gorgeous Karen Pearce (based in our little neck of the woods, specifically Bathurst).

Due to the fact that they are an online store (www.lambertandlord.com.au) it gives YOU, the shopper, the benefit of all the convenience of shopping online while still being able to support local business! (And it is very important to support local businesses – how boring would shopping in the central west be without them?!)

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Lambert & Lord offer a beautiful range of paper goods and partyware, for entertaining and every day.

Lambert & Lord has been operating at www.lambertandlord.com.au since the beginning of October 2013 but you might remember them from their small shop in Keppel Street, Bathurst called The Party Table.

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The thing that separates Lambert & Lord is the fact that they stock a beautiful range of premium products that are often unavailable outside of metropolitan areas.

Being a local business, they offer the convenience of shopping online with competitive prices and an extensive range. Bathurst customers can add to this free delivery on orders over $30.00 or free pick-up at Gorgeousness in William Street.

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Their main product range is all about simple, stylish colour and fun. They stock polkadot, candy stripe and solid colour paper tableware, coordinating balloons and bunting, gorgeous honeycomb balls and paper fans, and versatile treat boxes and tags. They also stock a range of eco-friendly wooden cutlery. How brilliant to be able to access such diversity locally!

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What I think gives Lambert & Lord the edge is the fact that they complement the range with special pieces from well-known Australian and overseas brands. At the moment, Meri Meri is their personal favourite, with their gorgeous Jingle All The Way range for Christmas, their gold and silver Confetti range for New Year, and their Toot Sweet partyware range.

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You can contact Lambert & Lord as follows:

Telephone: 02 6332 5988

Email: hello@lambertandlord.com.au

Website: www.lambertandlord.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lambertandlord

Pinterest – pinterest.com/lambertandlord

Instagram – instagram.com/lambertandlord

Twitter – twitter.com/lambertandlord

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The fabulous Karen at Lambert & Lord is offering a very special prize to one lucky Nester – a $25.00 voucher! Now, because she doesn’t like seeing sad faces this close to Christmas she is generously offering our Central Nest readers a sensational 10% off any orders made using the code ‘centralnest’. To be in the running for this fabulous competition just be a liker of Lambert & Lord on Facebook and The Central Nest Facebook page and let us know!

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{Prizeapolooza} Sassy Little sistas should be on Santa’s list..

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While we usually focus on local businesses during the Christmas Prizeapolooza Sassy Little Sistas is the worthy exception!PicsArt

Owned and operated by the very talented Tanya from Leeville in Northern NSW (see: more country than city) Sassy Sistas is a wonderful place filled with great design, clever workmanship and fabulous style (plus her sister lives in Bathurst so we will accept her as a local anyway!)

While I am lucky to make a peanut butter sandwich, Tanya is delicately creating all types of gifts and clothing for the little birdies in your life. photo-3

Tanya has taken her lifelong love of sewing for family and friends and turned it into her very own business. While she studied textiles and design in school she is a self-taught handmaiden! photo

Sassy Little Sistas came about after Tanya found that she was unable to locate good quality, unique items for her own children and as a result identified a market for her own high quality, handmade items.

Tanya prides herself on quality workmanship, rather than quantity. Only using the highest quality materials and her very broad skillset she creates fabulous designs that you are unable to find anywhere else.

You can contact Sassy Little Sistas either by email or Facebook:

Email:sassylittlesistas@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sassylittlesistas

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The gorgeous Tanya has jumped on board the Prizeapolooza train and is offering a $40.00 voucher to one very lucky winner. You can choose from rompers, or skirts, ipad covers to dresses or whatever you like! To be a winner all you have to do is ‘like’ Sassy Little Sistas’ Facebook page as well as The Central Nest on Facebook! – Easy!

Happy winning Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Need some sweetening up this Christmas?

You are either a naturally gifted baker… or you are me. Katrina Tobin is a superstar of the first variety!christmas photoshop small copy

Katrina is a qualified chef who started her business while at home also looking after her three children! She has been making speciality cakes for all occasions for the people of the Central West since 2012.

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Cakes by Katrina are not only wonderful to look at, they also back up their appearance with a delicious taste. Your tastebuds will dance once you try one of her cakes (I can personally attend to that!)

Prior to Katrina’s entry into the marketplace, Bathurst did not have a wide variety of cake suppliers who were actually able to deliver awesome handmade-hand-decorated cakes at a reasonable price!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!

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So whenever the need for cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or cake pops strikes (for example every Wednesday at 3.17pm in my office) Katrina is the person who should be on your speed dial!photo 1

You now have an answer for your wedding, engagement or christening cakes! She also offers novelty cakes, cake toppers and the best birthday cakes you have ever seen!

You can contact Cakes by Katrina as follows:

Phone: 0438 442 028

Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com

Website: Coming SOON!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin

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Cakes by Katrina are baking their way into your heart by offering one very special Nester the chance to take home their very own handmade, scrumptious chocolate mud Christmas cake this year (valued at approximately $70.00!) Imagine how much that would impress the in-laws (or out-laws as my hubby-bird calls them!) For your chance to win all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Cakes by Katrina’s Facebook page and be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest!

{Prizeapolooza} Elin’s Emporium for all the little princesses in your life..

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It isn’t very often that you stumble upon someone you like straight away and I have to say from the moment I started speaking with Rebecca from Elin’s Emporium I felt that way.

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Rebecca is responsible for creating handmade children’s dolls, softies, clothing & accessories that are all crafted from 100% high quality/designer cotton fabrics.

Starting from humble beginnings, she began sewing after the birth of her first daughter who was born with chronic eczema. Rebecca found that finding cotton clothing to fit her was tough! So, she began sewing gorgeous little clothes for her new little one.

Eventually, her family and friends realised how talented she was and encouraged her to begin her own line of children’s clothing and accessories. As a result Elin’s Emporium was created in December 2010.  dolls

The thing that sets Elin’s Emporium apart from the rest, is the quality of the items produced. All items are handmade personally by Rebecca. She has an eye for details and admits to being quite a perfectionist. She has a fairly simple motto which she follows strictly ‘If something isn’t perfect, I won’t sell it’. 

Further, all of the fabrics she selects are high quality/designer fabrics, purchased both from her local quilting store and from other reputable sources online. She refuses to use cotton fabrics from chain stores and the like as their quality is lacking and they fade very quickly.
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All items are pre-washed in sensitive laundry detergent to clean and prevent colour run. She also uses double stitching and tumble dries the fabric to prevent shrinking, all for your convenience.

Rebecca is so aware of how important superior and safe products are. Her own children suffer from allergies so quality, health and safety are the cornerstone of the her business.

The gorgeous dolls that she creates are stuffed with corn fibre which hold a low flammability rating. Plus they are also hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial.

The promise from Elin’s Emporium is that with every purchase you are guaranteed a high quality product which has been made locally, with love and attention to detail (plus it has the loving approval of her three beautiful daughters!)

I can personally attest to how beautiful Rebecca’s designs are as my toddler-bird owns one of her beautiful cotton dresses. It is an absolute favourite in my little princess’ wardrobe.

You can contact Elin’s Emporium as follows:

Email:  elinsemporium@gmail.com

Website:   www.madeit.com.au/ElinsEmporium

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ElinsEmporium

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Elin’s Emporium are giving away to one very lucky Nester one of her highly sought after Ginny Dolls. These beautiful dolls measure in at approximately 15cm or 6″ tall and are cute as a button! All you have to do in order to be in the running to welcome your very own ‘Ginny’ is to be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest’s Facebook page and Elin’s Emporium’s Facebook page and ‘like’ the original post – Winning!

Good Luck Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Fifty8George will put some sparkle under your tree

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Are you the type of elf who has left everything to the last possible minute? Are you desperately trying to find that perfect gift? Well here we are, being heroes once again and providing you with a lifesaver!

Enter the brilliant team at Fifty8GEORGE

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Locally owned and operated by Marie & Terry Rouland they will help solve your Christmas dilemmas.

Fifty8GEORGE have been serving the Bathurst community & surrounding areas for 20 years, and have expanded the business to a national level, while continuing a high standard of commitment to a local & personal service (which we at the Central Nest LOVE!).santa

Offering a wide selection of of giftware, trophies, stamps and engraving they also cater to your needs for embroidery, vinyl and metal signage together with industrial signage, stickers & magnets.

The team can also assist you with a vast range of promotional products ranging from pens and caps all the way through to keyings, drink bottles, umbrellas, marquees and much much more.Staff

One of the great features of trusting the local guys is that most of their services are done in-house so they are able to provide you with better control of delivery times and offer smaller quantities of items (rather than having to order bulk with the big companies).

You can find the brilliant team at Fifty8GEORGE at:bell

Visit: 58 George Street, Bathurst NSW 2795

Phone:  02 6331 3388

Email: info@fifty8george.com.au

Website: www.fifty8george.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fifty8GEORGE

Other social media: Google+

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Good luck Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Incy Interiors – where dreams (and great style choices) are made

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There is no place like Incy Interiors - It is a magical treasure trove of fabulous pieces all carefully sewn together with love, fun and a deep appreciation of great style for the little birdies in your life.incy logo

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Incy Interiors was officially launched in February 2011 and since then has grown to be a forthright force in children’s interior design.

This sensational business is the brainchild of Kristy Withers who struggled to find a ‘big boy bed’ for her son Oscar. After an extensive search locally and abroad left her frustrated (and poor little Oscar stuck in his cot) she realised there was a real gap in the market for a new player in children’s furniture design who could provide good quality, practical and reasonably priced merchandise.

Incy Interiors offers functional and attractive cots and beds as well as chairs, change tables, bookcases, side tables, and play table and chair sets.

Really, they offer absolutely anything you could possibly need to make a perfect little nest for your sweet little bird for years to come.

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What makes the story of Incy Interiors just a little bit more special is that it is family run business. Kristy is assisted everyday by her sister Tara and brother Tom. Plus some more friendly local faces.

Kristy says a real highlight for her and the team was when they were announced as the Best Furniture Brand in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. To be formally recognised is such an honour (and well deserved we say!)

Whether your style is a pimpin’ gelato crib or more sophisticated provincial furniture, Incy Interiors can hook you and your baby birds up.

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You can contact the gorgeous team at Incy Interiors as follows:

Visit: 139 George Street, Bathurst NSW

Phone: 1300 94 20 50

Email: info@incyinteriors.com.au

Website:  http://www.incyinteriors.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Incy-Interiors/152321894799206

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The wonderful team at Incy Interiors have kindly provided us with a $150.00 voucher to be given away to one of our gorgeous Nesters as a thank you for supporting both The Central Nest and Incy Interiors.

So, if you have been spying on the Baxter cot or lusting after the Scarlet change table then this could help you get that just a little bit sooner (I can personally recommend the Jemima Cot – my baby bird is sleeping peacefully in hers at the moment!)Indian Headress Large-600

To enter just head over to our Facebook page! Please share the love!

All you have to do is be a liker of The Central Nest’s Facebook page and Incy Interiors’ Facebook page and ‘like’ the original post – easy peasy!

Good luck Nesters!

{WIN} As a thank you to our loyal Nesters

If you were standing in Tiffany & Co with an unlimited tab while drinking Moët and engaging in conversation with Oprah, Channing Tatum and the Dalai Lama you still would be not be as excited as what we currently are at the Central Nest!christmas photoshop small copy

We are about to launch our very first ever CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! (insert excited 3 year old squeal!)

This is a way for us to thank YOU for being so loyal, friendly and downright gorgeous, because without your support our little ol’ blog would not be so successful!

Thankfully some great local businesses have jumped on-board to help and have given us some rad prizes to give away to our little Nesters! We are so genuinely grateful for their kind donations and support of our blog!

Basically these are the important parts you need to know about our CHRISTMAS PRIZEAPOLOOZA:

1. All winners will be announced at 5pm (AEDT) Monday 23 December 2013

2. You must ‘like’ the original competition post on The Central Nest Facebook page

3. You must be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest Facebook page as well as the Facebook page of the business giving away the prize.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let us know!

Below are just some of the fabulous businesses that will be involved ->

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Plus more still to come…..

So without further ado our very first giveaway is from one of our most favourite places in the world! The delicious INCY INTERIORS. Watch this space for more information soon!